Objective tests and assessments of the latest outdoor gear and new products.
Reviewed: Peak Designs Travel Photography Backpack Raises Millions
Bags within bags, the Peak Designs 45L Travel Backpack has the organized photographer in mind. We took this Best in Show winner on planes and around town for this first look review.
First Look: BioLite ‘No-Bounce’ Ultralight HeadLamp
BioLite says its first headlamp gives users a unique experience thanks to its super-light, comfortable design. We gave it a brief test and found it a capable camp companion during this first look.
The ‘Omata One’ Is a Retro Speedometer for Your Bike: Review
It looks like a classic timepiece, but the Omata One is powered by satellites and advanced electronics. After a month of testing, I can’t decide if it’s a glimpse at cycling’s future or a welcome return to simpler days.
Tested: Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt With ‘Hideaway Hood’
Quilts are lighter, cheaper, and nearly fail-safe. The zipperless down throws have become synonymous with fast-and-light endeavors. And now, Sierra Designs offers a hooded quilt.
MSR WindBurner Duo Review: Twice the Volume, Same Boil Speed
After countless backcountry hunting expeditions, the MSR Windburner Duo has proved itself invaluable. It boils a lot of water quickly, which means less waiting for morning coffee and sunset dinners.
Yeti SB130 Review: Your Other Bikes Will Gather Dust
Replacing Yeti’s hugely popular SB5.5, the SB130 made me a better rider. This 29er trail bike is the most aggressively versatile MTB I’ve ridden yet. I put it to the test across hundreds of miles, and up and down tens of thousands of feet, for this review.
KEEN Targhee Boots: Finally, Family Backpacking Without Whining
KEEN is clearly invested in the whole family. The brand continues to build backpacking boots that are comfortable yet durable and complaint free — a bonus for parents everywhere.
Disposable Durability: A Budget Watch Battle
How much toughness can you expect from a cheap watch? I aim to find out, with an extensive head-to-head battle between the venerable Casio F108 and the upstart Timex Marathon.
Osprey Ozone Duplex 65 Review: 2 Travel Packs in 1
The Osprey Ozone Duplex 65 travel bag will get you to your final destination whether you’re hoping a flight for a long weekend in Maine or toting your ski boots to Japan.
America’s Largest Climbing Gym: What It’s Like
Earth Treks new location near Denver, Colo., is the largest climbing gym in the United States. We visited and were impressed the gym invested equally in roped climbing and bouldering.
Rolling on Foam: Vittoria Air-Liner Mountain Bike Tire Inserts Reviewed
Vittoria Air-Liner foam bike tire inserts reduce the risk of flats and wheel damage while pushing the performance envelope.
Athleta Spent 2 Years Perfecting My New Favorite Underwear
Athleta said its new performance underwear line took two years to develop. I reviewed all three styles to see if the extra research and development was worth it.
Buck Rival II Review: A Great Folding Knife on a Budget
Looking for a good folding knife on a budget? Look no farther than the Buck Rival II.
Danner Wayfinder: A Breathable Boot for Women Who Hike and Hunt
The Danner Wayfinder, the brand’s latest boot for the outdoorswoman, holds up on price point, comfort, and support.
Fox Live Valve: The Electric Future of MTB Suspension Lockouts
The electronic Fox Live Valve system continuously adjusts your mountain bike suspension, aiming to improve your ride — and how you ride it.
Dialed Function, Elegant Form: POC Tectal Race SPIN MTB Helmet Review
POC Sports releases a fully-featured trail and enduro riding helmet that holds safety above all else. We tested the helmet over six weeks, riding tight and rocky singletrack in the Texas Hill Country.
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Review: Ultralight 2-Person Tent
Big Agnes managed to expertly shave weight without sacrificing comfort in its Tiger Wall UL2 tent, reviewed here. After a number of backpacking trips, this ultralight two-person, two-vestibule tent has secured a top spot in our backpacking arsenal.
Yeti SB150 Review: A Long-Travel 29er Built to Do Everything
Low, slack, and long, this long-travel 29er performs so well climbing and descending that riders who love the downhill could make it a one-bike quiver.